South Korea ministry to file complaint against BMW for ‘delayed’ response

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South Korea’s transport ministry stated it would lodge a complaint against German luxury automaker BMW with prosecutors for supposedly delaying recalls and concealing problems that resulted in several engine fires in the country this year. The ministry also fined BMW 11.2 billion won ($9.96 million) for “delayed recalls”. A faulty exhaust treatment system in BMW […]

Hyundai observes Russia auto market growth slowing in next year

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South Korea-based automaker Hyundai Motor expects growth in the Russian auto market to reduce significantly in 2019, the head of its Russian branch said on Monday. Automakers have warned Russia’s strategy to raise value added tax in next year would hit vehicle sales, which have recently just started to recover from four years of stagnation. […]

Volkswagen to write off investment in Gett

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German automaker Volkswagen is going to write off its investment in Gett after the Israel-based ride hailing app failed to achieve ground on bigger competitors Uber, Lyft and Didi, weekly Der Spiegel reported on Friday. Volkswagen spent $300 million in Gett in 2016, saying it intended for on-demand mobility services such as smartphone ride hailing […]

Tokyo court declines prosecutors’ appeal against decision not to extend Ghosn’s detention

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A Tokyo court upheld a decision that refused to extend the detention of former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn and former Representative Director Greg Kelly, public broadcaster NHK stated on Thursday, a move that brings them nearer to a release on bail. The court turned prosecutors’ appeal against the original decision. Ghosn and Kelly were […]

Nissan CEO meets Renault’s acting boss

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Nissan Motor on Thursday stated CEO Hiroto Saikawa had held a one-on-one meeting with the acting boss of its partner Renault during talks between the alliance that took place in Amsterdam this week. Nissan stated that Saikawa characterized the discussion with Renault Deputy CEO Thierry Bollore as “positive” and “productive”. The Japanese automaker was ready […]

Volkswagen may have to step up electric car strategies to meet EU CO2 targets

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Volkswagen may have to step up its strategies for mass production of electric vehicles in order to satisfy tougher-than-expected European targets to slash greenhouse emissions from vehicles, its chief executive stated on Tuesday. The remarks came following the European Union agreed to curb CO2 emissions from vehicles by 37.5 percent by 2030, and follow warnings […]

Baden-Wuerttemberg plans to sue Volkswagen over diesel scandal

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The German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg plans to take legal action against Volkswagen over the automaker’s cheating of emissions tests, newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) noted on Monday. The federal state’s bodies, consisting of police forces, bought Volkswagen vehicles that were geared up with a device to rig diesel emissions tests and the paper quoted a […]

Ghosn’s daughter takes documents, cash from Rio apartment

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The daughter of ousted Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn early on Friday took documents and cash from a corporate apartment in Rio de Janeiro, capping a legal battle over the objects, which the automaker maintains may have evidence of wrongdoing. The midnight visit by Ghosn’s daughter Caroline, accompanied by two court officers and multiple Nissan lawyers, […]

Nissan Motor files claim against Ghosn’s sister in Brazil court

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Nissan Motor has filed a court claim against sister of Carlos Ghosn that references alleged “unjust enrichment”, escalating a fight being waged in Brazilian courts between the automaker and its former chairman. A court docket dated December 11 that was read by Reuters showed the Japanese automaker submitted a claim against Claudine Bichara de Oliveira. […]

Brazil judge allows Ghosn access to Rio apartment

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 A Brazilian appellate judge on Thursday granted former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn access to a Rio de Janeiro apartment, whose contents have seen an intense legal battle in regional courts. The court decision stated Ghosn or his representatives have 24 hours to retrieve personal belongings. Nissan has protested this because the automaker states they may […]